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Saturday 21 October 2017

Arsene Wenger defends Mesut Ozil after Paul Scholes criticism 'He would have loved playing alongside him'

German international Mesut Ozil, pictured, is close to full match fitness again for Arsenal
German international Mesut Ozil, pictured, is close to full match fitness again for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal will need at least 72 points to ensure a top-three finish

Arsene Wenger has defended record-signing Mesut Ozil in the wake of criticism from Paul Scholes.

The Manchester United legend wrote this morning that Ozil, who cost £42.5million last summer, looks like he is "going through the motions" and was critical of this Arsenal team that lacked a leader in the mould of Patrick Vieira or Tony Adams.

But speaking at his press conference this morning, Wenger leapt to the defence of the German, saying his unhurried style of play makes him an easy target.

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Paul Scholes has criticised Manchester United's current style

"It is not fair," said Wenger when asked at his press conference about the column.

"A player like Paul Scholes would have loved to play with Mesut Ozil. He has the quality and he works a lot harder than his style of play shows.

"We are in a job where you have to prove a point, he knows that. He works much harder that his style shows."

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